After a third loss in the space of a week, QPR manager Steve McClaren is once again left wondering when his luck will change. A 2-1 defeat to playoff chasing Bristol City kicked off a forgettable seven days for the west Londoners last Tuesday, before the visit of Watford in the FA Cup ended in further disappointment, as a scrappy first half goal from Etienne Capoue knocked the Hoops out of the competition on Friday evening.
Last night, after managing to come back from behind twice against West Brom, the R's slumped to yet another defeat thanks to a 94th minute strike from Jake Livermore. Jefferson Montero had initially put the Baggies in front within five minutes, before Luke Freeman hit back for the hosts ten minutes before half-time.
Newcastle loanee Jacob Murphy then put the visitors back in front just after the hour mark, before a Tomer Hemed spot kick drew QPR level with just 15 minutes left on the clock. Freeman then limped off with a hip injury and with the hosts already using all three of their substitutions, they were forced to see out the remaining stages with just 10 men.
As the game approached its climax, the points looked as though they would be shared at Loftus Road, which would have been an extremely positive result for Steve McClaren's side after a poor run of form has left them 18th in the Championship, ten points above the drop zone. However, Darren Moore's resilient Baggies outfit forced an opening right at the death, with the ball falling kindly to Livermore just outside of the six yard box and he made no mistake in slotting it home past Rangers keeper Joe Lumley.
Last night's result means that West Brom still remain firmly in the automatic promotion mix, just three points behind league leaders Norwich and a point behind both Sheffield United and Leeds who currently sit respectively in second and third place. For QPR though, it was another dose of late heartbreak, with manager Steve McClaren once again left wondering when his luck is going to change.